Sunday, April 12, 2009

joyeuse paques

Just before Easter, from Thursday until Sunday morning, the church bells will not ring throughout France. This tradition dates back to the 7th century as a sign of mourning in remembrance of the crucifixion. The bells are said to have sprouted wings to fly off to Rome where they are blessed before coming back to each town laden with chocolate eggs. On Easter morning - Paques - the bells chime once again and children search for chocolate treats in the garden. And so in the life of objects, there is work to be done. This is the only case of holiday mythology I know in which the inanimate comes to life. As long as the children get their chocolate. . . .

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